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  • Critic of Holocaust Groups Creates Controversy in London

    A controversial American academic has left England’s capital – but not before criticizing advocacy groups for Holocaust survivors. Norman Finkelstein was in Britain to promote his new book, “The Holocaust Industry,” in which he accuses Jewish organizations and elites – the Holocaust industry, in his phrase – of distorting the memory of the Shoah to… More ▸

  • Proposal for Orthodox Women Who Want Divorces Dies in Britain

    British advocates for the rights of women whose husbands will not grant them Jewish divorces are disappointed at the defeat of a bill designed to remedy the problem. The Board of Deputies, which represents most British Jews, vowed to continue to press for a change to the law after the House of Commons rejected the… More ▸

  • Britain’s First Female Jewish Leader Pledges Better Outreach, Tolerance

    The first woman elected leader of the umbrella organization that represents most British Jews plans to reach out to young, unaffiliated Jews. The failure to attract young people is “not just a problem in the Jewish community,” said Jo Wagerman. “Young people are either abandoning their culture or becoming fundamentalists” in Christian, Muslim and Sikh… More ▸

  • Jews in Britain Need to Adapt to Multicultural World, Says Report

    British Jews should not look at themselves in strictly religious terms, but as a people tied together culturally, historically and socially as well, according to a London-based Jewish think tank. “For the purposes of representation, we should adopt an inclusive definition of the Jewish people and present ourselves as an ethnic group,” says the report… More ▸

  • London Holocaust Trial Links the Ancient with the Internet

    The ancient meets the modern in the rabbit warren of a courthouse where the Holocaust is being debated in a trial between a self- defined revisionist and a professor. The libel trial of David Irving against Penguin Books and Deborah Lipstadt is being held between walls that bear warning signs that one should walk carefully… More ▸

  • Irving Accused of Mocking Survivors As London Holocaust Trial Nears End

    Holocaust revisionist David Irving mocked victims of the Holocaust by “feeding and encouraging the most cynical anti-Semitism” in his speeches, it was alleged last week at a trial for a defamation suit that Irving has filed against a U.S. scholar. The charge was leveled by the lawyer for Jewish historian Deborah Lipstadt. Irving, who denies… More ▸

  • Britain Expected to Come Clean on Nazi-looted Art in Its Galleries

    Britain’s public art galleries and museums are expected to admit in the coming days to having acquired thousands of artworks since 1933 that may have been looted from Holocaust victims. London’s Tate Gallery alone is expected to reveal that it may have more than 100 Nazi-looted paintings on its walls. The anticipated statement from the… More ▸

  • Jewish Financier in Britain Linked to Barak Finance Scandal

    A leading Jewish fund-raiser in Britain has been linked to the campaign finance scandal plaguing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. At the same time, a charitable foundation in Canada has also been named as being among the foreign-based groups that helped Barak’s election campaign last year. The scandal erupted late last month, when Israel’s state… More ▸

  • Citing Dangers to Free Speech, Britain to Reject Holocaust Law

    The British government has rejected plans to make Holocaust denial a criminal offense, the country’s home office minister told Parliament last week. Mike O’Brien said such legislation, which had been supported by Prime Minister Tony Blair, could not easily “strike a balance between outlawing such offensive statements while ensuring that freedom of speech is not… More ▸

  • Alleged Nazi War Criminal Lives off Pension in Britain

    A man who allegedly killed inmates at the Mauthausen concentration camp is being targeted for investigation. A probe into Alexander Schweidler is being urged by a disbanded parliamentary group that lobbied for the prosecution of suspected Nazi war criminals in Britain. Slovakian-born Schweidler, now 78 and living in the English town of Milton Keynes, is… More ▸